Category Archives: Avery Staff news

Avery Welcomes Leo Stezano

Leo Stezano joins the Avery Library as the Project Manager for the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Collection project. An experienced software professional, Leo received his Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from Syracuse University in December of 2011, with a focus on digital libraries. He earned dual BA/BE degrees in engineering from Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering and is an active member of ALA and LITA.

Prior to joining the Avery Library staff, Leo was Product Manager at HERAE LLC, a software startup dedicated to creating new products and functionality to better meet the needs of large healthcare organizations. Leo’s other professional roles include project management, business analysis, software development, and financial modeling.

Leo possesses extensive experience helping large, diverse teams stay focused on strategic goals under aggressive timelines and tight budgets. We look forward to working with Leo to successfully realize the goals of the Durst Old York Library project.

Graduate Archival Interns

Drawings and Archives welcomes our new Graduate Archival Interns for 2012-2013.  Emily Rinaldi (GSAPP-HP) will be working on the papers of the architect Alan Burnham (1913-1984), an early preservationist supporting the foundation of the New York City Landmarks Commission .  Pamela Casey (MFA-Writing) will be processing the papers of another notable New Yorker, Henry Hope Reed (1915- ), founder of Classical America, Curator of Central Park, and often considered the father of the modern walking tour. Shelley Hayreh, the Avery Archivist, will supervise the work of the interns and edit and publish their processing files into online finding aids at the end of the year.

We would also like to acknowledge the achievements of our 2011-2012 interns, Lauren Murtagh and Christopher Cowell. Both produced excellent finding aids for two fascinating and difficult collections.

Lauren's finding aid on the architect Alfred Neumann

Christopher Cowell's finding aid of the papers of Clyde Dorsett, architectural consultant on mental health architecture.

Tania Franco joins Avery Drawings & Archives

We welcome Tania Franco this week to the Avery Library as the Project Archivist for the Edgar Tafel archive in the Drawings and Archives.

Tania joins the Avery staff from Montreal where she earned a Master of Library and Information Studies at McGill University in 2010 as an H.W. Wilson Scholar. Her professional experience includes several positions at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) where she discovered and nurtured her passion for architectural archives. As archivist, she processed the archives of Arthur Erickson (the largest at the CCA) and Ernest Cormier. She also worked as a cataloger for the archival team and the library. In addition to her work at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, she also served as Project Archivist at Concordia University in Montreal and in records management for the World Anti-Doping Agency prior to coming to Avery. During her graduate career at McGill as well as during her undergraduate degree at York University in Toronto, Tania worked in reference and patron services in the library.

She is a member of the Art Libraries Society of North America (Montreal Branch), the Association of Canadian Archivists, and the Association des archivists du Quebec. She was Senior Poetry Editor of Existere, Journal of Art and Literature at York University from 2007-2008.

For information about the gift of the Edgar Tafel archive to Avery Library, please see the press release.

–by Janet Parks, Curator of Drawings & Archives

Avery at ARLIS/NA Annual Conference

Avery staff will attend the ARLIS/NA annual conference in Toronto, Mar. 29- Apr. 2, 2012.

Carole Ann Fabian, Avery Director, is the Conference Co-Chair for Programs and will also present an update on the Built Works Registry (BWR) — a collaborative Avery, ARTstor and Getty project. Now in its second year of development, the BWR project is funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant. She is also the Co-moderator of the Future of Art Bibliography Initiative session at which Chris Sala, Avery Architecture Bibliographer, will be speaking on "Capturing the Web."

Ted Goodman will present an update on the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals at a Friday afternoon session. He is also the outgoing Chair of the Finance Committee.

Kitty Chibnik will be the Moderator of a session titled "Hot off the List: current issues on ARLIS-L."

Paula Gabbard, Avery Fine Arts Bibliographer will be attending many sessions and meetings.

ARLIS/NA Toronto Conference

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

Built Works Registry

Carolyn Yerkes, Curator of Avery Classics, Speaking

 On Saturday, October 1, the University of Virginia Art Museum is hosting a symposium entitled Variety, Archeology, and Ornament: Renaissance Architectural Prints from Column to Cornice in which I will be speaking.

This symposium is being held in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name that features several items from Avery’s collections. I will be speaking on "Variety in Repetition: The Afterlife of Architectural Drawings," in this event organized by Cammy Brothers of the University of Virginia and Michael Waters of the Institute of Fine Arts.

Items from the Avery collections featured in the exhibition include eleven prints from the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, a collector’s album of engravings of Renaissance Rome published by Antoine Lafréry. A description of the Avery Speculum, which is kept in Drawings and Archives, is available here.

In addition to the Speculum prints, the exhibition also features a print by Hans Sebald Beham (1500?-1550), which is part of the Avery Classics collection.


–by Carolyn Yerkes, Curator of Avery Classics

Carolyn Yerkes appointed Curator of Avery Classics

Carolyn Yerkes joins Avery Library this week as its new Curator of Avery Classics

A long-time reader in Avery Classics, Carolyn is well acquainted with our outstanding collection and with the worldwide community of scholars who work here throughout the year. Her substantial knowledge of architectural history and history of the book will guide her leadership of the Avery Classics collection and services.

Carolyn will receive her Ph.D. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia in Fall 2011; her dissertation, entitled "The Paradox of Precision: Architectural Drawing between Ancients and Moderns," is advised by Hilary Ballon. She received the M.Phil. in 2008, focusing on European Baroque Architecture and on Modern Architecture, and the M.A. in 2006. Prior to that, she received her M.Arch. from the Princeton School of Architecture in 2005, where she was awarded the AIA Medal as well as the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize for her thesis, supervised by Peter Eisenman. She is distinguished by many scholarly awards and fellowships, among them the Samuel H. Kress Travel Fellowship in the History of Art, the Phi Beta Kappa Society Mary Isabel Sibley Dissertation Fellowship, the Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award Merit Citation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Humanistic Studies.

Recent professional publications include: “Worcester College Ms B.2.3 and Its Sources: Seventeenth-Century French Drawings of Ancient and Modern Roman Architecture,” forthcoming in the next issue of the Annali di Architettura; an essay on the architectural literature of the Renaissance to appear in the Wiley-Blackwell /Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art/, and contributions to /The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan/, an exhibition curated by Hilary Ballon that will open this December at the Museum of the City of New York, with a catalog published by Columbia University Press.

–by Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Library